Gloria writes a column for the Ashfield Chad every week. Here is her offering from the 3rd August 2016 edition:
Issues with tax are one of the most common complaints that constituents come to me with.
A disabled man from Sutton recently got in touch because he had received a penalty for not sending in tax returns when he had been ill with depression and suffering with health problems following an accident three years ago which ultimately resulted in his leg being amputated.
This gentleman had, understandably, been struggling to cope with his new circumstances and had let day-to-day admin tasks slip.
I took up his case with HMRC and was told that he owed some tax from the year of his accident and that this had led to him being placed into self-assessment.
As he had not completed any tax returns, he ended up with a bill for the outstanding tax and for late-filing penalties.
I am delighted to say that after reviewing his case at my request, HMRC have cancelled the penalties and outstanding tax bill.
I hope this gentleman can now focus on his recovery without the stress and worry this was causing him.
Having a baby is a major event in a woman’s life and having the right support and care at this time is vitally important.
That is why it is fantastic news that the maternity services at King’s Mill Hospital have been awarded a Baby Friendly Award by children’s charity UNICEF, in recognition of the excellent care its staff offer newborns and new mums.
UNICEF praised the kindness of midwives and support staff and the brilliant work of the team that helps mums with breastfeeding on the ward and with caring for their baby when they are back at home.
Increasing breastfeeding rates is one of UNICEF’s aims, and the support given by the maternity staff at Sherwood Forest Hospitals has helped increase rates locally from 54 per cent to 66 per cent since 2009.
Women in Ashfield are very lucky to have such a fantastic service on their doorstep and I congratulate the whole maternity team for their great work.
I want to end this week by passing on my thanks and best wishes to Sergeant Dean Dakin of the Ashfield North neighbourhood policing team.
Sgt Dakin is retiring from the force and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all the hard work he has done for the people of Ashfield.
He has attended many meetings and coffee mornings that I have held and has always been willing to take up residents’ problems and provide answers to questions asked by them and me.
I wish him all the best for the future.